Labour anti-Semitism report: The key findings, and what happens now
Oct 30 2020
"As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of antisemitism".
Labour has faced allegations that anti-Semitism was allowed to fester under the 2015-2019 leadership of Corbyn, a long-time supporter of Palestinians and a critic of Israel.
Britain's opposition Labour Party on Thursday suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn in light of comments he made after a report on its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism.
Board of Deputies of British Jews president Marie van der Zyl welcomed Mr Corbyn's suspension, saying: "Having presided over the descent of a proudly anti-racist party into a party that broke equalities law in its treatment of Jews, his shameless comments today showed that he remains part of the problem and is an obstruction to the resolution of the issue".
The suspension, said to have been an order from party headquarters and not Sir Keir himself, came as a huge blow to the Labour stalwart, who had earlier said he "of course" would not resign from the party he joined aged 16.
The British Labour Party suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday after he refused to accept all findings in a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on anti-Semitism within the party.
The investigation found evidence of "political interference" by then leader Jeremy Corbyn's office in the complaints process, a move likely to add to the party's bitter civil war over the handling of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.
The Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's report into antisemitism in the party during his leadership.
The watchdog identified three breaches of the Equality Act relating to political interference in complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism cases, and harassment.
Ms Waters said: "The Labour Party made a commitment to zero tolerance for anti-Semitism".
"That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated".
The EHRC found the situation to be indirectly discriminatory and unlawful as it put the person making the complaint at a disadvantage.
That prompted the current Labour leader, Keir Starmer, to take action. We have failed Jewish people ...
The investigation found evidence of "political interference" by then leader Mr Corbyn's office in the complaints process.
It said there was "a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it".
"I therefore call upon Keir to work across the party on a fitting and unifying way forward, to unite our party behind the implementation of the EHRC's important recommendations so that they can be taken forward as speedily as possible, and with the members' full trust and confidence".
Luciana Berger, a former Labour MP who was one of many Jewish members to quit the party under Corbyn, said the report was vindication as she described being threatened by his supporters with acid attack, stabbing and rape. Jeremy is part of the past.